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In the spirit of the What is a Word™/Phrase™ series started by JLee, a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Workman Word™.
Use the examples below to find the rule.

$$ % set Title text. (spaces around the text ARE important; do not remove.) % increase Pad value only if your entries are longer than the title bar. % \def\Pad{\P{0.0}} \def\Title{\textbf{ Workman }} % \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\ \def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\Title\textbf{Words }^™\Pad}\def\NT{\Pad\textbf{Not}\T\ }\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[yellow]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2017.02.04}\S{6px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\Pad\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\Pad\T&\NT\\\hline % \text{ LONE}&\text{ WOLF}\\ \hline \text{ FUEL }&\text{ TANK}\\ \hline \text{ PEE}&\text{ URINE}\\ \hline \text{ FUNNY}&\text{ JOKE}\\ \hline \text{ CONVEYING }&\text{ FEELINGS }\\ \hline \text{ THRASH}&\text{ BIN}\\ \hline \text{ ENJOY}&\text{ LIFE}\\ \hline \text{ INVOKE}&\text{ SPELL}\\ \hline \text{ STRAW}&\text{ LAST}\\ \hline \text{ HARD}&\text{ CORE}\\ \hline \hline \end{array}$$

The CSV version:

Workman Words™,Not Workman Words™
LONE,WOLF
FUEL,TANK
PEE,URINE
FUNNY,JOKE
CONVEYING,FEELINGS
THRASH,BIN
ENJOY,LIFE
INVOKE,SPELL
STRAW,LAST
HARD,CORE

These are not the only examples of Workman Words™; many more exist.

What is the special rule these words conform to?

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  • $\begingroup$ CSV is separated by only commas, not commas and spaces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma-separated_values $\endgroup$ – Nic Hartley Nov 26 '18 at 18:12
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    $\begingroup$ Did you mean to leave the hint blank? It would be better not to put the hint in that case, because people will be unable to see whether you add a hint without mousing over it each time. That is a cognitively bad habit. $\endgroup$ – piojo Nov 27 '18 at 4:52
  • $\begingroup$ Unless an empty hint is in itself a hint? $\endgroup$ – Yessoan Nov 27 '18 at 6:01
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    $\begingroup$ @piojo I used a template I saved from before, deleted. $\endgroup$ – bolt997 Nov 27 '18 at 13:53
  • $\begingroup$ @NicHartley; like what it says here: with the records divided into fields separated by delimiters (typically a single reserved character such as comma, semicolon, or tab; sometimes the delimiter may include optional spaces),? $\endgroup$ – JonMark Perry Nov 27 '18 at 13:59
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I believe...

They're words that can be typed on keys touching one another in a Workman keyboard layout (Pic from Wikipedia):

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In contrast, all the non-Workman words don't form an unbroken line on it.

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